Forget Resolutions: Healthy isn’t a goal, it’s a way of life

January 5, 2020 Joe Brady

Being healthy isn’t about making New Year resolutions, it’s about how we live our lives on a daily basis. Healthy isn’t a goal, it’s a way of life. The legendary founder of Tai chi Zhang San-Feng once said: “every meal you eat, every walk you take or choose not to take is an opportunity for profit or loss”. As we head into a potentially, tumultuous year of 2020 staying healthy and keeping our sanity becomes crucial. Managing stress, changing our diets, getting more exercise and all the other resolutions we usually make at this time of year must become realities rather than just goals that evaporate as soon as we get lost in the hustle and bustle of daily life. To make healthy changes in our lives we need realistic plans, we need access to resources and we need the inspiration to make it all happen on a daily basis. The Barefoot Doctor’s Journal is dedicated to those who wish to make the world a healthier place. Here in this issue and in the future, we will attempt to provide the necessary resources for those who wish to take action in their own lives and to inspire others to do the same.

For more on making a plan, access to resources and inspiration, read on.

Making a Plan

Here are some tips from the National Institute of Aging.

As you start another year, it’s important to set firm goals for your physical fitness—you’ll be more motivated throughout the year. Goals are most useful when they’re specific, realistic, and important to you. Think about the following as you begin:

  • Write down your short-term goals—What can you do during the next week or two that will help make physical activity a regular part of your life?
  • Write down your long-term goals—Where do you want to be in the next 6 months? A year?
  • Revisit your goals—A few weeks after you start regular physical activity, check in with your progress. Celebrate your successes!

Read more about these and other tips on setting fitness goals, from Go4Life.

Check for Resources

Here is a list of resources from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to help you achieve your goals for the new year.

The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings, and for many of us, that means new goals for health and wellness. Stress and weight management typically top many people’s lists, as well as adopting healthy habits and regimens (while doing away with the ones that aren’t so healthy).

If you have health goals for 2020, NCCIH has resources that can help.

Do you have other goals? check here for resources for a wide range of healthy goals.

Finding Inspiration

Ted Talks to inspire a new outlook on the new year